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Photographers Can Now Use the FBI Anti-Piracy Seal to Scare Away Thieves

You know that FBI anti-piracy seal that appears at the beginning of home movies? The one that’s displayed alongside the messsage, “The unauthorized reproduction or distribution of a copyrighted work is illegal. 
Criminal copyright infringement, including infringement without monetary gain
is investigated by the FBI and is punishable by fines and federal imprisonment”? Well, you can now use it to remind would-be infringers that your photographs are copyrighted.

Prior to a new policy that was enacted this past week, only certain members of the entertainment and software industries were allow to display the warning. Now, all copyright holders in the US — including photographers — can make use of the Anti-Piracy Warning (APW) seal and message.

Anyone interested in using the seal can simply download it from the FBI’s website. However, you’ll need to agree to certain rules regarding its use.

Keep in mind that just like with the US copyright symbol (©), using the FBI seal doesn’t grant you any additional rights or protections that you didn’t have before. It’s simply meant to make people think twice about using your copyrighted photographs without permission.

(via FBI via PDN)


 
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  • http://www.facebook.com/palcau.cristian Cristian Palcău

    does this work in europe ?

  • http://twitter.com/simonmeisinger Simon Meisinger

    facepalm

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003563187021 Marc Edwards

    Dumb question…. its FBI unless the FBI has a secret power in Europe..

    Anyways, this is USELESS worked well on music and movies..

  • armando

    I think it would be hypocritical to use it, raise your hand if you have never downloaded something illegal Internet, independent of the use you have given

  • http://www.facebook.com/kaitlinbledsoe Kaitlin Bledsoe

    So basically…

    You can only use it as a ‘watermark’ on an image, and not on the bottom of the front page of your website (or any ‘page’ for that matter?).

    Am I interpreting the ‘rules’ right?

  • shelz

    i’ve been posed the question: isnt this use of the logo is a demonstration actually improper use of the seal? and is in fact a copyright violation here?

    as it is on this page?

  • 11

    this logo appears big and bold mostly on porn video.. only other place was megaupload site shutdown…

  • Eduardo Cervantes

    Ask Julian!

  • tttulio

    It annoys people, Specially the paying customer.
    It’s the worst advert you can do about yourself.
    You’ll just end up losing customers.

  • http://twitter.com/KamoPhotos Kamo

    Just when you thought watermarks couldn’t get any uglier.

  • val escobar

    Touche’

  • B

    The rules say “The APW Seal shall only be used immediately adjacent to the authorized warning language.” and the authorized language is”The unauthorized reproduction or
    distribution of a copyrighted work is illegal. Criminal copyright
    infringement, including infringement without monetary gain, is
    investigated by the FBI and is punishable by fines and federal
    imprisonment.”

  • http://twitter.com/SoIGiveYouDean Dean W. Thompson

    Can I use the copy of photoshop I got from the internet to put it on my photos?

    (I have a legal copy of photoshop CS5. This was a joke to poke fun at a large group of people)

  • http://blog.davidciani.com David Ciani

    It would be cumbersome to use for standalone photographs, but for a webpage you could put it (and the warning message) in a footer. The applicable copyrighted work would be the entire webpage.

  • Guest

    Thanks! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/kaitlinbledsoe Kaitlin Bledsoe

    That’s what I figured…I wouldn’t want to put it on every image; not to mention, you can’t edit it like a watermark to be a different opacity (thus, just looking terrible).

    I would agree; but didn’t see it anywhere where that would be ok. Thank you for the help!

  • http://www.facebook.com/kaitlinbledsoe Kaitlin Bledsoe

    Thank you! Sounds wonderful!

  • Justin Shepherd

    Who actually falls for this crap?